The fall schedule of classes was built to meet diverse student learning needs, uphold academic quality and intellectual integrity, and honor faculty preferences while strongly prioritizing health and safety. To accomplish this, courses are offered in no contact (i.e. online in synchronous or asynchronous formats) and low contact hybrid (i.e. online with some face to face components including physical distancing and face mask wearing.)
As of August 2020, nearly all fall courses are to be delivered in online or hybrid modalities. Course instruction will be delivered in one of the following formats:
- No Contact Course Delivery: Draw upon available learning technologies to deliver courses in 1) a fully online unscheduled (asynchronous) format or 2) a fully online format including scheduled (synchronous) course meetings.
- Low Contact Course Delivery: “Hybrid” course format combining asynchronous/synchronous online instruction with less frequent low contact face- to-face (F2F) instruction.
- In-Person Instruction: A limited number of in-person courses may be offered under specific conditions and with full adherence to CDC and campus guidelines. These courses will be permitted in order to meet external/specialized accreditation requirements requiring skills-based instruction.
Classrooms in which any in-person learning is scheduled to occur are being remapped with lower person count capacities and fixed furniture, and some include a designated/marked instructional “zone” from which faculty must teach. Additionally, students and faculty participating in the F2F settings shall be required to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing which may exceed the 6-foot CDC baseline.
Faculty conducting courses which include an in-person component agree to:
- Guide students to utilize provided cleaning supplies at the start and end of class as a supplement to enhanced cleaning to be conducted by Operations and Maintenance staff,
- Wear a face mask during all instructional activities and remind students of the requirement to do the same. Supplemental face shields are optional, and shall be provided to faculty by the institution.
- Avoid the use of cell phones, sharing of books, materials, supplies, equipment, tools, etc. to the greatest extent possible,
- Uphold 6-foot (or more) social distancing guidelines,
- Teach from and remain in the marked/designated faculty instructional zone,
- Do not adjust or move classroom furniture, and,
- Take attendance during all face-to-face class meetings and report unusual absences to the Dean of Academic Affairs or Department Chair.
Student Learning in the Era of COVID-19
Fall semester courses should focus on the achievement of designated course Student Learning Outcomes. In some cases, alternative pedagogies and/or different forms of assessment may best measure achievement of learning outcomes.
Faculty are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and build flexibility into their courses as a new wave of COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders or changes to campus operations could occur. Such occurrences could necessitate an immediate and sudden shift to remote delivery and/or modified course/campus operations.
Including field trips, internships, service learning, etc.
- Employees should ensure that students receive appropriate preparation and guidance regarding safety protocols for off-campus activities such as field trips, projects, teamwork, internships or clinical placements. In addition to normal safety procedures, guidance should include information about social distancing, face coverings, hand washing, transportation/bus/carpool protocol.
- Students must sign and submit waiver forms before attending any off-campus activities. Faculty shall submit a Field Trip Notification Form (located in the “Documents” section of the Intranet) to the Dean of Academic Affairs at the start of the semester.
- The Library will be offering study tables on the Library Lanai for students to sit at and access the campus wi-fi. Seating is limited and no reservations are necessary.
- Reference assistance via phone, chat, text, and email will be available Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm and Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
- Laptops are available for semester-long loans. Please call 808-235-7436 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a laptop pick-up appointment.
- For updated information, please visit: https://library.wcc.hawaii.edu/COVID-19
The Testing Center at Windward Community College provides make-up, accommodations, and placement test proctoring services in a safe and secure environment.
- August 24 – September 18
- Monday – Thursday: One-on-one virtual proctoring from 11:00 am – 6:30 pm (capacity: 1 student/appointment, 15/week) for accommodations testing, make-up testing, and retesting on an appointment-only basis.
- Friday: In-person proctoring from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm (capacity: 8 students/appointment, 40/day, 80/week) for accommodations testing, make-up testing, retesting, and ACCUPLACER placement testing on an appointment-only basis.
- September 19 – Finals
- Monday – Wednesday: One-on-one virtual proctoring from 11:00 am – 6:30 pm (capacity: 1 student/appointment, 15/week) for accommodations testing, make-up testing, and retesting on an appointment-only basis.
- Thursday – Friday: In-person proctoring from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm (capacity: 8 students/appointment, 40/day, 80/week) for accommodations testing, make-up testing, retesting, and ACCUPLACER placement testing on an appointment-only basis.
- Social distancing, mandatory face-coverings, and other safety measures implemented for in-person testing
- A classroom may be made available to instructors who wish to proctor their own in-person tests. Testing will be limited to 75 minutes. Faculty may reserve this facility by contacting the Testing Center at 808-235-7498 or email@example.com
- EdReady is available as an ACCUPLACER placement test alternative
- For updated information, please visit: https://windward.hawaii.edu/services-for- students/testing-center/
Ka Piko Tutoring and Embedded Tutoring
Ka Piko at Windward Community College provides tutoring, embedded tutoring, and other academic support to students.
- Ka Piko Tutoring (Math Lab, Writing Center, Speech Lab) will provide online tutoring via ZOOM for Fall 2020 and will open on Tuesday, September 8
- Embedded tutors (SI Leaders and Alakaʻi) will offer online study sessions and office hours
For updated information, please visit: https://windward.hawaii.edu/services-for-students/tutoring/ka-piko/